Kay Danes
'Courage, stamina, bravery in the face of fear, hope when the dark is deepest -- that's Afghan women. Because Kay Danes, from her own life experience, shares these characteristics, they talk the same language. Afghan women open up to her. Remarkable stories; an eye-opening book.'
-Bill Rowlings, CEO, Civil Liberties Australia

Beneath The Pale Blue Burqa
One woman's journey through Taliban Strongholds by Kay Danes
 
Beneath The Pale Blue Burqa is an inspiring true story told by one of Australia's best known humanitarians.

In November 2008, burying the haunting memories of a hostage ordeal she endured in Laos, Kay Danes embarked on a humanitarian aid mission into war-torn Afghanistan. This is Kay's incredible story of travelling the ancient silk route through Taliban strongholds in a dusty Toyota Hiace, delivering life changing aid to people devastated by war.
First Edition April 2015

Kay Danes is one of the few internationals that have travelled outside the safe bubble of Kabul. Her readiness to venture outside the accepted boundaries allows us to see the impact on Afghans and a real perspective of post Taliban Afghanistan.

Along her journey Kay;

  • Experienced the terror of roadside interrogations by the Afghan police Beneath the Pale Blue Burqa
  • Witnessed the awe of the US marines in full force patrolling for insurgents
  • Was heartened to visit Universities where girls were studying alongside boys
  • Delivered learning materials and sewing supplies to Nangarhar women's prison
  • Conducted health and education seminars with fellow Rotarians
  • Helped build sustainable income for Afghan families
  • Delivered aid to remote communities
    Stayed in Osama Bin Laden's Kabul home (he wasn't there)


  • Second Edition April 2015


    Australian National Radio Interview 'Life Matters' across Australia (2010): Listen Here
     

    New Zealand National Radio: Kay Danes - helping prisoners held abroad
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    Book Trailer
     
    There is so much power in giving to those who have nothing!

Excerpt from the Foreword written by His Excellency Dr. Amanullah Jayhoon - Ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Australia (2011)

This book is a journey of a brave woman in a war zone and her experiences are heartfelt. When you read the first page you will be tempted as I was to finish the entire book. You will see my country through the eyes of one foreign woman who now has the dust of Afghanistan in her veins. Thank you for being brave enough to visit my country Kay, and to share your journey with us. Yours is an important contribution that will enable others a rare glimpse of places they may never visit and of people they may never meet. So true is the saying that; if you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path. Clearly you have shown through your writing that the Land of the Afghan is still a beautiful, promising country enriched with wonderfully fascinating people, despite all of its current shortcomings.

His Excellency Dr. Amanullah Jayhoon
Ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Australia

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"The western media tend to give a snapshot of Afghanistan that focuses only on one aspect, the war. I want to show people the other side, the progress being made, the hope, the courage and resilience of the people." - Kay Danes.
'Soldiers wives aren't supposed to go to a war zone. With her empathy and  compassion for the women and children of Afghanistan, Kay Danes is one woman who brought their story out of the war zone and into our living rooms.'- Gordon Trail,Editor - Peacekeeper Veterans Association

'Thank you for being brave enough to visit my country Kay, and to share your journey with us. Yours is an important contribution that will enable others a rare glimpse of places they may never visit and of people they may never meet.'
- His Excellency Dr. Amanullah Jayhoon, Ambassador for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Australia.

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